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New Documents Available as Official Plan Work Continues

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Two more documents were recently released as we continue our work at the City of Burlington with respect to the Official Plan and our downtown. This report will be presented to the Community Planning, Regulation, and Mobility Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Residents can register to delegate to speak at the Committee on the entire revised downtown plan. I encourage residents to provide input so we get as broad and balanced a perspective as possible along with the feedback we have heard from the development industry. The meeting will be live tweeted from my twitter account, as well as broadcast live, as always, online.

At this time, the City is sharing a first draft of the Placemaking and Urban Design Guidelines for public reference to help the public and Council better understand how Official Plan policies and guidelines can work together to guide development in Downtown Burlington.

There will be more opportunities for the public to be involved in developing the guidelines later in the fall. For now, the first draft of the guidelines is a reference to help you give feedback on the Official Plan policies.

How to submit comments

  1. email newop@burlington.ca
  2. call 905-335-7600, ext. 7787
    Leave a message and staff will call you back during business hours. Staff are monitoring voicemail and will respond as soon as possible.
  3. Mail to the attention of:
    Alison Enns
    City of Burlington
    Community Planning Department
    426 Brant St. P.O. Box 5013 Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6

Additional reports and details can be found on the city’s Official Plan webpage.

Next steps

This September, the project team will:

  • release a new appendix with an update on the project and responding to comments received before Aug. 28.
  • hold a virtual open house meeting where you can ask questions about the recommended policy modifications.
  • present the recommendations to City Council at a special meeting of the Community Planning, Regulation, and Mobility Committee on Sept. 30, 2020. Anyone can delegate at this meeting.

On Oct. 7, City Council will make a decision on the recommendations. Council’s decision will then be sent to Halton Region to be included in the Region’s review of the overall adopted Official Plan.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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